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TWI to make doc on England’s triumph at 1966 Fifa World Cup

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MUMBAI: Television production firm TWI has been commissioned by English broadcaster Five to produce a television documentary about England’s journey towards victory in the 1966 World Cup.

How England Won The World Cup will air on 31 May on Five. The one-hour documentary, which falls within Five’s historical Revealed strand, will bring England’s triumph to life, in a way that most people never saw it at the time - in glorious colour.

This programme will use archive footage along with interviews with all ten surviving members of the original team to illustrate England’s journey from the preparation and opening draw against Uruguay to the epic battle with West Germany at Wembley. How England Won The World Cup will be narrated by actor Sean Bean.

Former British football great Sir Bobby Charlton said, “We won because we were a great team, we were a perfect blend, we had the right manager and we had the desire to win it.”

TWI has also produced a DVD of the programme with various added extras including extended interview footage with the remaining players. The DVD will be released on 5 June by Prism Leisure.

How England Won The World Cup is executive produced by TWI’s Simon Birri and is directed and produced by Kim Hogg. It was commissioned by Alex Sutherland, Controller History at Five. He said, “It is not often that sporting events can truly be said to have made history - but if ever there was such an occasion, this was it. The film is visually stunning, moving and dramatic - I'm proud to have it as part of this run of Revealeds.”

Hogg said, “We've been lucky enough to tell this story with the help of those who took part. Though most of us know what happened on 30 July 1966, there's something special about hearing the words of Sir Geoff Hurst or Jack Charlton recounting their experience of stepping out onto the Wembley turf that day, unaware that in two hours later they would make history. Forty years on, the achievement of these guys is no less impressive.

"We have also been fortunate enough to uncover some previously unseen colour material of the final. This woven together with the reminiscences of the ten surviving World Cup Final players really does bring the tournament and its climax back to life."

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